Being able to do well in business is not something that comes naturally to most people.
You either will need some kind of business coaching, or you will have to learn through trial and error. Why risk making a ton of mistakes when it’s easy to get assistance?
Running a business is not that easy. When you look at past bosses you’ve had that were high up in the company or are the owners, it may seem like they don’t do much. However, this is seldom true. Behind the scenes, they usually have greater responsibility or answer to someone in authority. Running and managing a business or someone who is in power are doing quite a bit more than what they appear to be doing which you may thing is just going around telling everyone what to do. They may have a lot going on or be dealing with various heavy challenges you may be unaware of, however, appear confident and in control. Any appearance of worry or stress they may exhibit could negatively affect staff morale.
Coaching involves developing a close relationship with another business owner in a similar market who has already succeeded at a level you want to reach or it could be more of a personal type of coaching to help to develop solid goals and vision. Don’t assume that you can just be at the top and make this work without getting some advice or assistance from others that have been there before. As soon as you think you know everything in business and that you don’t need any help, you’re in trouble. That’s why it’s valuable to have friends and coaches that are good at what they do in your industry or in others.
A coach needs to have at least been in a business of some kind, and if possible you need them to have done something similar at least to what you are trying to accomplish. A lot of good comes from learning from people with varied backgrounds, but a coach without a similar background won’t be able to answer a lot of your questions. Try getting someone to coach you that you can relate to and make sure that you wait a while until you’ve learned the basics to start branching out and learning from others so you don’t complicate things.
See if you can attend a few coaching sessions or possibly sample their coaching via YouTube video online. You shouldn’t pay for long-term coaching all up front either. You may come to discover that it’s not a good match or maybe find out they are not worth the investment. Ask if you can pay for one month first, just to try them out, before committing to a longer term.
Business cards are good to bring with you if you’re going to go see a coach in a setting where other business owners may be attending. Building relationships with other business owners that aren’t your direct competition, may provide a wealth of encouragement and learning as well. it may work that you find some new clients as well if they are in a different market or niche. Take the time to develop relationships with people you respect and remember, people you associate with either take you up in life or down, so choose them wisely.
Sometimes it can be helpful for you to coach someone yourself and help someone else succeed. If you think about it, you can get to know a lot more about your business if you become active in helping others by ‘showing them the ropes’. They may even come to you with questions or ideas that you may have never thought of yourself. Many people who operate in this arena of coaching say they come out with a wealth of wisdom as experiences are shared and gathered, these relationships can really make a difference to your success rate.